Happy Monday everybody! This past week has been pretty rough, battling with being sick and having the flu has its way of keeping you from doing things you want and wanting to do anything at all. That especially sucks when you have plans like going to the USATF annual meeting out in Indianapolis and presenting an award at the Jesse Owens Awards banquet! :( Yes, sucky. The good thing was that I was asking to help present the award to my coach Lawrence "Boogie" Johnson who was named USA Track & Field's NIKE Coach of the Year! (Go LJ, go LJ, it's your birthday but not really!) Now I'm not a NIKE athlete so I'm just going to refer to him as USATF COACH OF THE YEAR, taking a bit of the name away from the title but not any of the honor that comes with it lol (just kidding). Anyways, I really am proud of him and the fact that I wasn't able to go out there and share the special moment with a man that has been in my life and career for over 7 years now was very disheartening but I know that him and the Johnson family had a great time regardless!
OK Enough about how much Boogie is the man and let me tell you all about my VERY eventful attempted trip to Indianapolis. Like I mentioned, I caught a bug over the Thanksgiving holiday and it beat me up pretty badly but I was determined to go to the annual meeting not only because I made the commitment but also because I really am interested in the change that I know is coming to our sport. I know that sometimes the youngsters on the scene kind of take a back seat and let the veterans deal with all the political stuff but I have grown to love this sport and want to be forefront in helping it grow. ANYWAYS, so I woke up on Wednesday still deciding if I was going to make my 1pm flight out of San Diego and once I talked to my mother and decided yes I'd go I mad dashed for the airport and got there on time. Now the "fun" stuff, after seamlessly going through security I stopped to get some food before I got on my first leg of the trip to Salt Lake City. To say that was an unpleasant flight would be an understatement, I think between having a window seat and the heat and elevation of the plane, it did nothing but make my coughing, stuffy nose, and other symptoms worse.
After a couple winks of restless sleep against the window I awake to the plane descending and my nose noticeably running. I quickly grabbed my spare napkin to catch the nasal drip and to my surprise I am greeted with a runny, bloody nose. Now, I don't know about any of y'all but the sight of my own blood is not my favorite thing to face so I panicked a little bit but luckily not enough to scare the already horrified lady sitting next to me on the flight. So I continue to dab at my nose while the rest of the plane quickly rushed into the terminal. Once I got into the airport off the plane I started feeling worse than when I started and decided that this probably was a sign that I should've stayed at home in bed, nursing myself back to health instead of traveling across country. So I go to the ladies at the Delta desk at my gate (sans bloody napkin) and proceed to explain to them that instead of catching the last leg of my trip to Indianapolis would it be possible to take the next flight back home to San Diego. I told them about being sick and coughing and the bloody nose incident on the flight and automatically the very helpful agent said "Oh my, I can take care of it you go ahead and sit down over there (secluded corner) and I'll send someone over there to help you right away." Now I kind of assumed that she would be sending another Delta agent to help me with my flying plans while quietly removing my coughing and contagious self from the desk but instead she called the AIRPORT FIREMEN & EMS! OMG! Talk about embarrassed! I'm sitting over there and 4 firemen come over to me (with a wheelchair!) and ask me am I Queen Harrison, am I OK? and proceed to take my vitals and ask me loads of health questions.
Now don't get me wrong I do appreciate the gate agent and especially Delta airlines for being so gracious and changing my flight without putting me through a lot of fuss or change fees, but it definitely didn't take away how embarrassed I was with everyone looking at me like I should be QUARANTINED! haha. OK I'm really dramatic but it all goes to say I really did WANT to be in Indy for the annual meeting but sometimes when nature tells you to sit yo ass down, you listen. haha!
OK Hope you all enjoyed reading this because I know I've been laughing the entire time I'm writing it haha. Until next week!! *MUAH!!